Thursday, 26 January 2012

St Andrews Church, Bothal

The Church of St Andrew’s is within bow shot from Bothal Castle and was built in 882.  The foundations of a stone church have been traced under the present church floor. The Anglo-Saxon Church was replaced by a Norman Church during the late 12thC by Richard Bertram, a Norman, who married the Anglo-Saxon heiress and in 1161 began to reside in Bothal.  It was his son, Robert, who was the first of the family to be called ‘Baron of Bothal’ and was given the title by King Richard 1 in 1199.

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